3D Floor View Tips & Tricks

Navigating the 3D Viewer

The 3D floor views within your WillowTwin™ platform provide users with a powerful tool to visualize where assets are located, take screen shots, measure distances and much more. 


Using the Orbit tool

The orbit tool allows users to turn and rotate the 3D floor plan they are viewing. There are 2 orbit options available to users:

  • Orbit Orbit.PNG
    • Allows users to turn and rotate the floor plan on a single axis
  • Free Orbit Free_orbit.PNG
    • Allows users to turn and rotate the floor plan in any direction
      • The ability to turn and rotate in any direction, while powerful, sometimes makes using the orbit tool harder for some users, as it can be easy to loose track of where you are

Toggle between the two orbit options by clicking the up arrow in the top right corner of the orbit button.

Rotating the floor view

When either the Orbit or Free Orbit button is clicked, a faint circle will appear in the center of the floor viewer.

  • Hovering over the outer edge of the circle, then clicking and dragging around the circle will rotate the floor view
  • Click the Orbit or Free Orbit button a second time to hide this circle and remove the rotation option


Changing the Pivot Point

Changing the pivot point may make it easier to view assets by creating a new point on which you can turn and rotate the floor view.

  • This can be done by hovering over an asset or select point on the floor view
  • Right click the mouse, then select Pivot



Users can zoom in on a particular object, asset or area on the floor view in a couple of ways:

  • Scroll wheel
    • Using the scroll wheel on a mouse, users can zoom in/out
  • Double-click
    • Users can double-click on an object, asset or area of the floor view to zoom in on the selected object or area
  • Pinch
    • Users using a tablet device can use the pinch function to zoom in on an area

First Person

The First Person feature allows users to navigate the 3D model as if they were walking the floor themselves, similar functionality to seen in many video games. 


To go into First Person mode:

  • Click the First Person First_Person.PNG button
    • A help window will open with the various commands that can be used. Note there are 2 options at the bottom of the window:
      • Ok, Got It.
      • Don't remind me again


It's strongly recommended to click Ok, Got It. in case you need to review the commands at a later date. 

Users can also use the mouse for navigating in first person as well:

  • Left click - double click to zoom/move through doors
  • Scroll wheel - scroll forward/backward to move forward/backward
  • Left click - single click on an object to see asset information
    • Note: Not all objects will have asset information and may display the following message:


Measure Tool

The measure tool is a great way for teams to verify space, distances and heights whether it be for planning purposes or to confirm space and equipment that may be needed for repairs.

To measure:

  • Click the Measure button Measure.PNG from the 3D viewer tool bar
  • Click on an object, asset, wall, etc. on the floor plan, then click the next object, asset, wall, etc. to see the distance between
    • If needed, angles can be measured as well
  • Click the Measure Settings button to change Unit Type or Precision
  • Click Done when finished
    • This will save the measurement if you click the measure button again
  • Alternatively, click the Trash can icon to delete the measurement to start fresh


Section Cut

The section cut tool can be used to cut the X, Y or Z axis, this can be particularly useful for narrowing in on a specific area of the floor plan, and when using the First Person feature. Another option is the box cut, which will cut away the area outside of the box, again very useful for focusing in on a particular asset or area of the floor plan.

To cut away a section:

  1. Click the arrow in the top right of the section cut button
  2. Click the section type to use for cutting
  3. On the floor plan, an arrow icon will appear, click and drag to adjust the cut


Home Button

At any time, if you are in an Orbit mode, First Person, or just zoomed in, but have lost where you are within the floor view, click the Home Home_Button.PNG button near the top right, this will return the user back to the default floor view.




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